The household of Julie Schmitz Jensen confirms the passing of long-time tourism and journey advocate Julie Schmitz Jensen. Jensen served greater than 20 years throughout two stints main Go to Speedy Metropolis, previously referred to as the Speedy Metropolis Conference and Guests Bureau. She was a member of quite a few group boards and organizations that promoted Speedy Metropolis and the Black Hills as journey locations and likewise promoted particular group occasions and causes.

          Mayor Allender launched the next assertion concerning Jensen’s passing:

           “Julie Jensen was an amazing drive of fine within the Speedy Metropolis group. Her work over time with Go to Speedy Metropolis little doubt offered super constructive influence for our group – for residents and guests alike.

           “Julie’s indomitable spirit, her outrageous optimism and her loyalty as a pal and colleague makes this loss particularly tough.

           “Speedy Metropolis mourns the lack of Julie Jensen. It will likely be unattainable to switch her in our lives. We all know that she’s going to reside on in our recollections and lives, and in our group’s spirit, for years to return. And understanding her, with out query, she can be urging us to “Do Massive Issues“ for Speedy Metropolis and your entire area.”

            Beneath is the Metropolis’s proclamation declaring October 27, 2021 as Julie Schmitz Jensen Day in Speedy Metropolis. The proclamation was introduced at Jensen’s retirement social on the identical day 

(Dwelling web page photograph exhibits Julie Schmitz Jense, third from left, with Go to Speedy Metropolis employees on the event of Jensen’s retirement celebration October 27, 2021)


Govt Proclamation

Speedy Metropolis, South Dakota

Workplace of the Mayor

WHEREAS, Julie Schmitz Jensen has been a tireless advocate for the journey and tourism trade because the late Seventies when she started her customer trade profession within the administration of Governor Richard Kneip; and

WHEREAS, Julie’s profession within the tourism and journey trade has included stints in Pierre, Sioux Falls and twice in Speedy Metropolis, the latter leading to greater than 20 years of mixed service selling native and space journey and tourism-related companies and people; and

WHEREAS, Native tourism and journey companies – from generational family-owned entities to new start-up experiences – couldn’t discover a stronger advocate in creating, selling and advertising and marketing the customer expertise in Speedy Metropolis, the Black Hills and South Dakota, than Julie; and

WHEREAS, Julie served as government director of the Speedy Metropolis Conference and Guests Bureau from 1983 to 1997; left to boost her household, then returned in 2014 to usher in a brand new period for the native customer expertise, overseeing the rebranding of the Conference and Guests Bureau as Go to Speedy Metropolis; and

WHEREAS, She engineered the ‘Do Massive Issues’ theme and mission that turned acknowledged nationally and internationally and never solely serves as an everlasting promotion of our native customer trade, but additionally symbolizes devotion, dedication and dedication with which Julie approaches every day and has outlined her years of service to the group and residents of Speedy Metropolis; and

WHEREAS, Julie is actually a drive of nature, approaching each effort massive or small with real power, enthusiasm and pleasure – a passionate advocate for the ‘nice locations and nice faces’ of our area; and

WHEREAS, Julie Jensen has ‘DONE BIG THINGS’ for Speedy Metropolis and her contributions and legacy may have an enduring influence on the customer trade domestically, regionally, and statewide.

NOW, subsequently, I, Steve Allender, Mayor of Speedy Metropolis, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, October 27, 2021, as

Julie Schmitz Jensen Day

In Speedy Metropolis, encouraging residents of Speedy Metropolis and the encompassing space to acknowledge and honor the tireless contributions and efforts of Julie Jensen to our journey and tourism trade


IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand and brought about to be affixed the seal of the Metropolis of Speedy Metropolis this twenty seventh day of October, 2021.

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Steve Allender, Mayor

​​​​​​​Speedy Metropolis, South Dakota

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